Cheat Sheet: Eagles Day 2 Targets

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Note: This post was updated after the second round.

The Eagles took Louisville OLB Marcus Smith with their first pick and now get three more selections on Day 2.


That includes one second-rounder (54th overall) and a pair of third-rounders (Nos. 83 and 86). Below is a list of potential targets when the draft resumes Friday night at 7 p.m. Note that this isn't necessarily a "best available" list. It's just a breakdown of guys who could be fits among the prospects expected to go off the board tonight in the second and third rounds.

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (6-2, 221) - One of the best size/speed guys in the draft, Moncrief ran a 4.4 at the combine. The measurables didn't always show up on the field, although Moncrief showed flashes of big-time play-making ability. This would be a "projection" pick more than someone who could come in and contribute right away.

Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana (6-3, 234) - He called himself the most versatile linebacker in this year's class. The Eagles had Tripp in for an official visit. Considered a fantastic athlete who holds up well in coverage, there's a chance Tripp could go off the board on Day 2.

Trai Turner, OL, LSU (6-3, 310) - In a Rotoworld article, Lance Zierlein named Turner one of four offensive line prospects with elite feet. He will be a 21-year-old rookie and showed off great athleticism at the combine. The Eagles could very well wait on offensive line depth, but Turner is a nice developmental piece with high upside. He's more of a third-round target.

Brock Vereen, Safety, Minnesota (6-0, 199) - Vereen is No. 91 on Gil Brandt's big board. He's a player with cornerback and safety experience. Vereen ran a 4.47 at the combine and started 32 games during his college career. There's certainly a chance he could be available on Day 3.

Brent Urban, DL, Virginia (6-7, 295) - He played in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 in college. Urban lined up in a variety of spots on the defensive line and batted down nine passes last year. He's a guy the Eagles probably have rated higher than other teams. Urban could be an option for defensive line depth in the third round. The other player to keep an eye on is Oregon defensive lineman Taylor Hart. But he is more likely to go on Day 3.

Kareem Martin, DL, North Carolina (6-6, 272) - Excellent size, length and measurables. Had 11.5 sacks last season.

Will Clarke, OLB/DL, West Virginia (6-6, 271) - Has defensive line measurables, but the Eagles had OLB coach Bill McGovern work him out. Could fit a hybrid role.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (6-4, 211) - Ran a 4.42 at the combine and probably has the best size/speed combo of any receiver in the draft. But it didn't always show on the field. Would be an upside pick.

Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood (6-1, 198) - He obviously didn't play against top-level competition, but Desir made a name for himself during the pre-draft process and has good size/length.

Christian Jones, LB, Florida State (6-3, 240) - Played inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end for the Seminoles. With 33.5-inch arms, he would have unique length for an inside linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4. Jones reportedly failed a drug test at the combine. Could slip to Day 3.

Michael Schofield, OL, Michigan (6-6, 301) - Schofield is another really good athlete who has experience playing multiple spots on the offensive line.

Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (6-0, 193) - Good size, and he ran the second-fastest 40 time among corners at the combine.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (5-8, 205) - Has drawn Darren Sproles comparisons. Freeman caught 47 balls last year for the Seminoles.

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  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    your move, Kapadia
    #defendblacklidhonor

    @bmorerobbie @SheilKapadia Recruiting to #TeamWhiteLid will begin today.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) May 9, 2014

    • Chris

      White lid. Every day and twice on Sunday.

      • Johnny Domino

        Word

  • Glenn

    After a good night’s sleep and getting over the disappointment of Cooks getting swiped by the Saints, here’s hoping that Marcus Smith has an outstanding career with the Eagles. Hopefully, a very good receiver is available at 54, and they make the most out of their extra third round pick.

    • Joe from Easton

      Gimme some A-Rob or Latimer in round two. After that, just fill the cupboard with BPA. I’d love a DT and then maybe some DAT on day 3.

      • Glenn

        Would you consider Nix in round 2, and a WR in round 3?

        • Joe from Easton

          If Nix is there at 54 then I’d say yes. I’d package my fourth and 83rd to get up to the early 70′s hoping to get Moncrief or Bryant.

          • Joe from Easton

            I should say, it depends what WR is available at 54. If A-Rob or Latimer are still there (personally I think we have to move up in round 2 to get them) then I may go for them and look for Anthony Johnson with one of my two round three picks. He’s got good length for an interior player and kind of fit’s Chips leverage argument. At 6’3″ and 308 you can probably put a few more lbs on him too.

        • Reasonableeaglefan

          I like the ARob, Lat or Matthews in the 2nd then all D.

    • Eagles1018

      I want Latimer. I don’t rule out a trade up with extra pick. Maybe trade our 86th pick for a higher 2nd and our 6th or 7th? I think Latimer is worth it because I’m convinced there will be a run on the 2nd tier WRs tonight.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    I’ll take some combo of the following, please:
    latimer, KVN, arob, matthews, tripp, dozier, christian jones, amaro/ASJ, or joyner

    • peteike

      it feels like forever til they pick, anyone know which of these guys might be more likely to fall. Id KVN and Lattimer are gone.

    • Hanibal Luis

      I like the cut of your jib.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    personal takeaways:

    –only sad about Cooks, but like the value of our trade more (+3rd rounder, vs. losing at least 3rd rounder to get #20 from NO).

    –sad ODB went to NYG. RIP, ODB (again). You are dead to me. good thing their OL still sucks

    –Ozzie did it again

    –NFC West defenses got even better. STL added Donald at DT, SF added Jimmy Ward at S, and ARI added Bucanon. STL now has the best DL in the division, SF solid throughout, SEA and ARI fighting for best secondary and best overall. Tough for us, but imagine what they’ll do to Romo’s back this year.

    –speaking of Mr. Spinal Column, the added protection he got from a very smart Martin pick will be necessary when he has to put up 45 pts every game to keep up with the DAL defense.

    –and lastly, won’t it be terrific to see (in the near future) Manziel walking into jerrah’s world as a Brown and destroying the Weeden-led Cowboys for 50 pts and 250 rushing yards? #2015 can’t come soon enough

    • Richard Colton

      Giants needed to get better on the O-line, but didn’t. Honestly the four OTs all yeasted up a little higher than I thought. Zack Martin would have been a solid pick for them to go along with Pough from last year. ODB scares me a lot. Over under for kicks/punts returned by him against the Eagles for a TD is .5

      • Ian Farley

        he is going to be dangerous, but i would say eagles are going to have a very solid special teams this year. maragos, braman, carroll with some of the rookies in there…. that will be a talented bunch.

      • Scott

        How can you have an over/under of 0.5? So either he scores one or he doesn’t?

        • Adam

          Precisely.

        • Joe from Easton

          Welcome to over / under’s.

      • jon h

        So what’s Holliday’s role on the Giants, then?

        • Richard Colton

          bench. ODB just became the best return man in the division. maybe the conference.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            nope- patterson holds that conf. crown IMO. heck, even patrick peterson is no slouch. I bet tavon austin is up there this year too.
            good think CK focuses on ST so much

          • Richard Colton

            patterson is really good. OK – the division. Conference – TBD.

    • cliff henny

      haha, dallas sux! we eagles fans are bickering over how much Smith is reach (10 pick or 20 picks) vs rolling dice to #54…while Jerrah at the routlet table with 65m on red sweating it out for 3 more years

      • eagle fan dwn south

        Yo cliff i think i remember everyone saying the same things about A.Smith when he went to 49ers about he’s a reach I hope Marcus Smith have the same type of career for

        • Joe from Easton

          I already typed this up on a diff article so I may as well paste it here for ya.

          Aldon:
          Height / Weight / Reach / Hands – 6’4″ / 263 lbs / 35 1/4″ / 9 3/4″
          40 yard – 4.78 seconds
          Bench – 20 Reps
          Vert – 34″
          Broad – 118″
          3 Cone – 7.19 seconds
          20 yard shuttle – 4.5 seconds

          Marcus:
          Height / Weight / Reach / Hands – 6’3″ / 251 lbs / 34″ / 10″
          40 yard – 4.68 seconds
          Bench – 23 Reps
          Vert – 35″
          Broad – 121″
          3 Cone – 7.48 seconds
          20 yard shuttle – 4.47 seconds

          • cliff henny

            M Smith reduced 3 cone time down to 7.08 per Tommy Lawlor. yeah, hopefully this has Gamble fingerprints all over it, that guy can pick linebackers for me anyday

          • Joe from Easton

            That’s what I’m saying. My personal belief is Gamble has some significant pull in that draft room and this pick has his name written all over it. I think people are so caught up in Chip and Howie that they’re forgetting that we have a great defensive architect sitting right there next to them.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, get that Smith is technically an overdraft, but that’s based on media. issue with 3-4 olbrs, half the teams have no desire so that effects rankings, and looking behind eagles there’s a ton of 3-4 teams lined up. so, yeah, in perfect world they could time it perfectly, is it 10 spots, 20 (see where atta-guy goes cause Smith would be ahead of him). so, have Gamble, if this is the guy they viewed as top rated, with great value in trade already, i good with it.

          • Joe from Easton

            I can agree that he may have been a reach in terms of straight up ranking. The serious flaw in saying that the Eagles reached on him though is that they didn’t get a guy in round one that they could have gotten in round two or three or whatever. They got a guy at 26 that someone else would of taken at 35-40. That’s not a team reaching, that’s a team getting who they want before he’s gone.

            I hope that makes sense.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, pretty much what i’m saying. people fall in love with BPA talk, there’s some need involved too. no team goes straight BPA, cause very rarely teams double up on positions. eagles have 2 glaring needs, wr and olb, they went back as far as they could, still got great value in tradeback and picked higest rated guy. simply werent in a position to roll dice and let a guy fall, like you said, had to go get him. now, rest of the draft, they can sit tight and let weapons and defensive backups that need a yr fall.

          • eagle fan dwn south

            Thanks for the comparison

          • Joe from Easton

            No problem. I was pretty intrigued by it.

        • cliff henny

          not sure i understand. i’m fine with the pick. dont think people are taking into account about the 3-4 teams picking from behind Eags. also, picking up the 3rd for only droppng back 4 spots, got great value on that trade. dallas went from 19-31 last year and got a worse 3rd. overall, i’m happy with pick.

  • peteike

    Attaochu? any idea if this guy falls to us. I was disappointed in Sammy Watkins ending up with the Bills. Wanted to see how this guy panned out now Ill have to wait until he leaves in FA

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      after barr and mack, it was always a matter of who Eagles had 3rd-rated: smith or attaochu. The choice made it clear (i didn’t see Ford as on our board, or all that high).
      They’re not going At-At as well, he’s next rusher off the board anyway, Hopefully a WR or other offensive weapon today, and maybe line depth?

      • peteike

        ok makes sense just thought you could never have too many with potential. I agree thats probably not the direction. Thanks

      • Richard Colton

        Say they had them 1 and 1A? ATAT strikes me as a pure ROLB. Smith is a little more versatile. Say he’s the highest player left on their board at #54 – I think there’s room for both, don’t you?

        Unfortunately it would be the end of caseymatthews – but sacrifices have to be made.

        • JAMIN67

          Maybe we could trade Casey Matthews and…oh, nevermind. I can’t even say it with a straight face.

  • Alex

    Please Donte Moncrief or Lattimer, the two most underrated WRs in this draft class.

  • myeaglescantwin

    I’m thinking Jordan Matthews would be a great addition to this team.

    they are going with the best run blocked WR in the draft.

  • Eagles

    Lamarcus Joyner?

    • George

      too small

  • CSA

    I’d add Louis Nix to this list. Yes I know the Eagles are happy with Logan but Nix looks like a beast in the middle as well. We don’t have a legit backup NT. I think there is a decent chance that Nix falls to us.

    • Token

      Nix had a serious injury and went to ND. No thank you.

  • Hanibal Luis

    I’m in the Latimer boat or one of the TEs. Lets go O here.

    • JAMIN67

      Ditto. I think he makes the most sense for this team.

  • Andy124

    Baldinger keeps insisting Smith is a bad fit because he’s a 4-3 DE. Is he really ignorant of the fact that Smith also played in the 3-4? How is he collecting a pay check?

    • knighn

      Baldy:
      - Proof that a lifetime of head trauma as an O-lineman can make you miss some things that should be very obvious.
      - Further proof that not all player should got into the media.

  • Reasonableeaglefan

    Anyone hear anything about Dion being traded for a package including Smith? My friend just texted me that, but I think he’s full of it.

    • Token

      Yep trade just went down

      • EaglesTrolltheWorld

        Source?

      • Reasonableeaglefan

        I’ll take that as a no then

        • anon

          smith isnt as good as dion..

          • Adam

            Based on what? Smith blitzed, anchored, and covered better than Dion ever did in college. Will be extremely easy to match and surpass Dion’s production in his rookie season too.

  • cliff henny

    let’s do the Geagle certified ’15 2nd rdr for SF’s 3rd this year, with 4 picks today, take Latimore, Moncreif, Mason and Christian Jones. tomorrow still have 4th, 5th, 2 6ths after trading graham and brown, and a 7th.

    • NickS1

      I kind of hope that happens. Would love to have 4 picks today.

    • Mikeq

      I still can’t get on board with taking a RB in the 3rd or 4th. I like the potential of Polk. I would take a 5th/6th round Sproles-like scatback/kick returner though.

      • Adam

        Polks shoulder is the problem right now.

        • Mikeq

          Oh- I knew Polk had a shoulder issue in college but didn’t know it was still a problem. That would change things.

      • cliff henny

        to me, i’m not willing to roll the dice with Shady’s health. i want to ease his load so shady is shady for 4 or 5 more years. Polk does nothing for me, and Brown, i’m not huge on him either. get me a solid NFL backup RB and hopefully get 6th for Brown, use on developmental corner. most likely a 3rd rd corner isnt playing for eagles this year anyways.
        .
        and i still take DAT or Dri. could see kelly thinking of Sproles as a whole seperate type position, carry 2 Tzar guys

        • Mikeq

          I do agree with easing McCoy’s workload for sure- as much as I hate seeing him off the field. He took a lot of snaps last year. And if Polk’s shoulder is still a problem as Adam said then a RB could be a priority. If Brown was the way he is right now with a full college career I’d be concerned, but he only played like 10 college games. Crazy athlete and still learning. But oh how I’d love a dangerous kick return man, preferably a guy who isn’t a starter somewhere else like DJax. Always worried about injury in that case. Mitchell is last good one we had

          • cliff henny

            i do get Brown is raw and could become a really good player (and i’m ok with seeing him play well somewhere else), but i dont want to wait around hoping it all comes together at the expense of Shady. Polk does have that shoulder, so think he’s a perma-3rd RB due to health concerns.
            .
            guess Sproles is KOR/PR right now. agree Dri or DAT in 6th/7th makes alot of sense

  • George

    I remember that somebody yesterday was wondering what Smith’s spider graph looks like when adjusted for olb’s. Here:

    http://mockdraftable.com/player/4610/

    • Andy124

      Nice. Keep in mind also that he knocked nearly half a second off his 3-cone after the combine. I’m thinking that was more of a bad-technique/bad-day issue than a lack of agility issue.

      • George

        yeah, thats what i’m thinking, his 7.1ish 3 cone would put him somewhere in the 60th percentile

    • anon

      ok, makes me think we’re going for size over agility.

      • borntosuffer

        Also, explosiveness – Look at his 10 yd dash.

        • PJ

          guy has a high motor as well, which howie alsways likes

    • Nunya

      … And as has been said on the board, he drastically improved his 3 cone time shown on the graph

      • OregonDucker

        7.08 I believe was his new time.

  • http://eaglemaniacal.com EAGLE MANIACAL

    Day Two I hope includes Donte Moncrief, or Gabe Jackson. There’s a lot to make up for with that pick last night.

    Most people are still trying to make sense of our first pick. If you want the bottom line though: http://eaglemaniacal.com/2014/05/09/picking-marcus-smith/

    • Adam

      Article has no analysis, and is just you complaining. They might appreciate that over at Philly.com, but here we like actual content with actual analysis.

      • Richard Colton

        hahahaha. the hell part of Canada you from?

        • Adam

          The sassy part

      • Joe from Easton

        Dude you’re mowin’ ‘em down today. Keep it coming. Get these damn trolls off of our board.

    • Richard Colton

      Gabe Jackson isn’t the kind of athlete Stoutland and Kelly like. He’s a name. I’d be really surprised to see him on the Eagles.

    • Joe from Easton

      Dude I just watched the film you have posted on your site.

      First, it’s not a highlight reel, its game tape from one game. Second, have you ever broken down film before? Do you know what an edge player’s responsibilities are?

      Clearly the answers to my questions are “no” and “no”.

      He played very well in that game. Watch him set the edge and turn running plays inside consistently. An edge player isn’t supposed to make all of the tackles.

      See the 1:23 mark for his athleticism and play recognition skills along with the benefit of his length and vertical leaping ability. He had three sacks (one strip sack) and at least two hurries.

      He didn’t have a single catch against him in coverage and looked very fluid in his hips.

      The negative is that he clearly looks raw. He relies on speed a bit too much and gets washed up field sometimes. This is a coachable problem. He’ll need to learn to put his foot in the ground and get back to a climbing QB.

      Overall he played from multiple sets, recognized the field, beat guards and tackles, batted a pass, had three sacks, a forced fumble, and a few hurries. He flashed athleticism when chasing down plays from behind and didn’t give up the edge to a runner once.

      I’m almost certain that you know nothing about the sport of football as evidenced by your basis of argument being someone else’s opinions. Take this crap elsewhere, like Adam said.

      • Joe from Easton

        By any knowledgeable account, he was dominant in that game.

      • http://eaglemaniacal.com EAGLE MANIACAL

        My followers would disagree with you. Enjoy the day!

        • Joe from Easton

          I personally think the posters on this site are some of the most knowledgable Eagles’ fans that I’ve encountered. These guys know football so I’ll ride with them.
          Your followers comments were no better than your article. Not one of them, or you, offered your own personal insight regarding the pick. It was just angry dribble.
          I’m seriously convinced that you didn’t watch more than the first 30 seconds of the video you posted and then mocked or you did, but just don’t know what you’re looking for.
          In any event, to each their own. Enjoy your day as well.

          • http://eaglemaniacal.com EAGLE MANIACAL

            You found a handful of people who agree with you so you choose to “ride with them”. By all means.
            I on the other hand will slink back and tend to my followers (many from this page you just touted) and continue to watch people walk about this city wearing my logo (because they disagree with me so vehemently).
            As for insight:
            I did however watch that video (stem to stern) on the order of 4 times before I decided to post it on my site. I referred to it as as his “highlights” because someone thought enough of his play to put HIS name on the title.
            With him being allowed to play Joker last year it’s really hard to say that he did anything well besides slide around and identify weakpoints. He will NOT be able to do that in this scheme, so his fit is a questionable one. Added to his physical deficiencies and this is just a bad pick.
            As I said on my site I’m not saying he’s a bad player, But I am saying he’s a bad pick in this spot.

  • Andy124

    Not a big fan of packaging picks to move up in the 2nd. Plenty of talent there at 54.

    • NickS1

      Depends what packaging them to move up gets them. If they can trade the two 3rds for a mid round 2nd (not sure if that would work) and come out of the second with A-Rob and Lattimer, you know you’d be pretty excited about that. Or even land KVN and one of those two.

      • Andy124

        Talking first choices here, I’d prefer A-Rob/Lattimer in the 2nd, Jones with 1 third, and another talent in the 3rd, even if it means I don’t get A-Rob.

        And I still think that 40 time at the combine is going to make him the last of this WR tier to get drafted.

      • Joe from Easton

        Their two thirds would probably get them a 58 or 59. Couple that with 54 and I might take 54 / 58 over 54 / 83 / 86…

        • Joe from Easton

          It all depends what is available. If they get their WR at 54 and a guy like Van Noy is still on the board then maybe they think about it. If they get Nix at 54 and their WR is still on the board then maybe they think about it. So many variables that it’s hard to predict the value of a pick without knowing who you can take with it. That stuff can only be figured out in the moment.

    • PJ

      howie has a few 4th-rd talents he’s looking to take with the 54th overall pick

      • Andy124

        Yeah. He totally sucks. I can’t think of a single good player he’s ever drafted. In fact, you know how I know that Marcus will suck? Because Howie drafted him. He wasn’t even on any other team’s draft board. If he had been, the Eagles wouldn’t have drafted him.

        But that’s all on purpose. They’re trying to suck as bad as they can so that they can be in position to take Marcus Mariotta with the 1st overall pick next year. But Howie is such an idiot he’ll accidentally draft Marcus Vick instead. And then Laurie is going to move the team to France while not spending any money on players, coaches or facilities and raising ticket prices, which of course, mindless drone fans will still buy even though they can’t get to the games in Paris. Laurie just loves those stupid, foolish optimistic fans. If everybody had their eyes open like you, the Eagles would have won 10 superbowls by now.

        • PJ

          fact is, he’s average/mediocre. he’s had terrible drafts (2010/11), and two good ones, and he’s starting his 5th on the wrong foot. but koolaid drinkers like you just want everyone to “rah rah” everything this franchise does, rather than engage in actual critical analysis

          • Andy124

            And trolls like you like assume the worst regardless of all evidence to the contrary. Have fun with that.

          • PJ

            are you illiterate? i said he had two good drafts

          • Andy124

            And ignored all the evidence that indicates Howie had little control over the drafts prior to 2012, particularly the 1st 3 rounds.

            Ignored the fact the Lurie, who would know better than anyone else who was providing good input and who wasn’t chose to keep Howie and give him more power, ignore the Lurie publicly announced that Howie had little culpability for the previous bad drafts, and ignore the fact that as soon as that happened, the quality of the drafts increased dramatically, and ignore the fact that Howie got a 3rd round pick for a move-back that would normally net a 4th round pick, ignore the fact they addressed their biggest need with a guy that fits Chip’s vision to perfection.

          • Richard Colton

            big talk from someone who’s clearly illiterate

          • Andy124

            Sorry, what’d you say? I couldn’t read that.

          • Nunya

            Ground breaking analysis…

          • Adam

            I haven’t seen an ounce of critical analysis from you. Literally all you’ve done is whined. Why don’t you break down some film and tell us why this guy isn’t going to be good in the NFL?

            I’ll wait here.

          • Michael

            Boom Baby – Drop that Mic….

          • JAMIN67

            How would you know he’s starting this draft on the wrong foot? Would you be willing to let me borrow that crystal ball you have? Or are you just such an expert on college football players? And if so, how in the blue hell have you managed to stay under the radar of NFL GM’s for so long who could always use quality scouts?

          • Joe from Easton

            Look at his measurables – they’re well above average. He’s raw and with the right coaching can be very good. Do you even scout players or just talk out of your a$$?

  • anon

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles will “probably” trade OLB/DE Brandon Graham.

    The Eagles took Louisville OLB Marcus Smith in the first round last night and are going to move on from Graham, who doesn’t fit the scheme. Coach Chip Kelly likes long-armed athletic players. Graham is short and stout at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds. They’d take just about anything for him at this point.

    • JAMIN67

      How about a 10-pack of McNuggets. With BBQ sauce. Anyone?

      • Andy124

        I’ll give them a cheesesteak for Graham if they pick up the remainder of his contract. I could use a little help with the landscaping.

        • JAMIN67

          I heard Rex Ryan was interested, but only because he thought we said Graham crackers.

      • Richard Colton

        sauce or no sauce. its not a deal breaker for me either way.

    • Joe from Easton

      Get a sixth!!!!

    • korman

      This could be interesting

    • PJ

      graham has no value. another “reach” pick by howie that never panned out

      • EaglesFanInPhx

        are you Token under another moniker?

      • Adam

        Please explain how Brandon Graham was a reach.

        • PJ

          they traded up to take an undersized DE with a high motor, when better players like earl thomas were available. that’s “reaching”

          • Adam

            No, reaching is taking a guy well before they should have gone. Wasn’t true with Graham he was a projected first rounder and went where he should have. If it wasn’t the Eagles it would have been someone else right around there.

            Brandon Graham is the best pass rusher in this draft, My prediction: Graham will win Defensive Rookie of the Year. #nfldraft— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2010

        • peteike

          haha was literally typing “Earl Thomas” when that reply came through. Dude how many years ago

          • PJ

            four

      • Joe from Easton

        People just don’t understand the term “reach”. Reaching is taking a player when you could have gotten him in the next round or later, probably due to a need on the roster. Reaching is not drafting a consensus first round guy in the first round, but ahead of a prospect of a different position that turns out to be better (in the Graham / Thomas case). Graham had a good rookie season, tore up his knee, and came back to a joke of a defense and then a new scheme in which he was out of place. If he went to a 4-3 team with consistent coaching and didn’t have the fluke injury that could happen to anyone then I’d have no doubt he’d be an upper echelon player in this league.

        On to Marcus Smith. This was not a reach by the Eagles. It may have been a reach in terms of BPA draft order, but taking a guy at 26 that you have not shot at getting at 54 because someone else would get him at 35-40 is not a team reaching. It’s a team getting the player they want when he’s available. If the Eagles had every pick in the draft and picked him at 26, then that’d be a reach. This is the real world and they don’t have every pick. They have on per round and they took a guy that they couldn’t get with their next pick – not a reach.

  • Joe from Easton

    Closest I could get to real was 25th in rd 1 and 3 instead of 26th.

    I would be pretty happy with this here haul.

    Your score is: 4038 (GRADE: B+)

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 25 (S.D.): Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (C)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 25 (S.D.): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 22: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)

  • jpate

    Does anyone know how the safety class look next draft? Like any elite prospects?

  • Adam

    I’m not a fan of trading up in the 2nd. There will be a good player there at 54. Let the cards fall and hold on to that extra 3rd.

    • Richard Colton

      would you move up 10-12 spots for a 5th? I would for the right player.

  • guest

    1) Marcus Smith
    2) Cody Latimer/Allen Robinson
    3) Stanley Jean-Baptiste/Pierre Desir
    3) Dakota Dozier/Trai Turner
    4) Christian Jones/Jordan Zumwalt
    5) Brock Vereen/Dezmon Southward (or a WR/KR)
    7) Colt Lyerla

  • guest

    1) Marcus Smith
    2) Cody Latimer/Allen Robinson
    3) Stanley Jean-Baptiste/Pierre Desir
    3) Dakota Dozier/Trai Turner
    4) Christian Jones/Jordan Zumwalt
    5) Brock Vereen/Dezmon Southward
    6) {FROM BRANDON GRAHAM TRADE} WR/KR
    7) Colt Lyerla